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Lexicon :: Strong's H2256 - ḥēḇel

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masculine noun
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TWOT Reference: 592b,595a

Strong’s Definitions

חֶבֶל chebel, kheh'-bel; or חֵבֶל chêbel; from H2254; a rope (as twisted), especially a measuring line; by implication, a district or inheritance (as measured); or a noose (as of cords); figuratively, a company (as if tied together); a throe (especially of parturition); also ruin:—band, coast, company, cord, country, destruction, line, lot, pain, pang, portion, region, rope, snare, sorrow, tackling.

KJV Translation Count — Total: 60x

The KJV translates Strong's H2256 in the following manner: sorrows (10x), cord (16x), line (7x), coast (4x), portion (4x), region (3x), lot (3x), ropes (3x), company (2x), pangs (2x), bands (1x), country (1x), destruction (1x), pain (1x), snare (1x), tacklings (1x).

KJV Translation Count — Total: 60x
The KJV translates Strong's H2256 in the following manner: sorrows (10x), cord (16x), line (7x), coast (4x), portion (4x), region (3x), lot (3x), ropes (3x), company (2x), pangs (2x), bands (1x), country (1x), destruction (1x), pain (1x), snare (1x), tacklings (1x).
  1. a cord, rope, territory, band, company

    1. a rope, cord

    2. a measuring-cord or line

    3. a measured portion, lot, part, region

    4. a band or company

  2. pain, sorrow, travail, pang

    1. pains of travail

    2. pains, pangs, sorrows

  3. union

  4. destruction

Strong’s Definitions [?](Strong’s Definitions Legend)
חֶבֶל chebel, kheh'-bel; or חֵבֶל chêbel; from H2254; a rope (as twisted), especially a measuring line; by implication, a district or inheritance (as measured); or a noose (as of cords); figuratively, a company (as if tied together); a throe (especially of parturition); also ruin:—band, coast, company, cord, country, destruction, line, lot, pain, pang, portion, region, rope, snare, sorrow, tackling.
STRONGS H2256: Abbreviations
† I. חֶ֫בֶל noun masculineJoshua 2:14 feminine Zephaniah 2:6 (but see below) cord, territory, band; ח׳ absolute Joshua 2:15 +; construct Deuteronomy 3:4 +, חֵ֫בֶל Joshua 19:29; suffix חַבְלוֺ Job 18:10; plural חֲבָלִים 2 Samuel 8:2 + 10 times + Ezekiel 47:13; Job 21:7 see below; construct חַבְלֵי Joshua 17:5 + 5 times; חֶבְלֵי Psalm 116:3 + 2 times + Psalm 18:5 (read משׁברי see below); suffix הֲבָלָ֑יִךְ Isaiah 33:23; חֲבָלָיו Isaiah 33:20; —
1. cord, rope, by which men were lowered Joshua 2:15 (JE), Jeremiah 38:6, 11, 12, 13, or stones dragged 2 Samuel 17:13; of tents Isaiah 33:20; tackling of ship Isaiah 33:23; for binding Ezekiel 27:24; Job 40:25; Esther 1:6; symbol of captivity or subjection 1 Kings 20:31, 32; figurative of snare for wicked Job 18:10 (|| מַלְכֻּדְתּוֺ), set by wicked Psalm 140:6 (|| מַּה); Psalm 119:61 cords of wicked men have surrounded me; of wicked held בחבלי חַטָּאתוֺ Proverbs 5:22; ח׳ הָשָּׁ֑וְא Isaiah 5:18 cords (ropes) of wickedness (|| כַּעֲבוֺת הָעֲגָלָה); of cords of distress (עֹ֑נִי) Job 36:8 (|| וִקִּים); so חֶבְלֵי מָוֶת (probably) Psalm 116:3, חֶבְלֵי שׁאוֺל Psalm 18:6 = 2 Samuel 22:6 (|| מוֺקְשֵׁי מָוֶת); — for חֶבְלֵי מות Psalm 18:5 read מִשְׁבְּרֵי, see 2 Samuel 22:5 and || נַחֲלֵי בְלִיַּעַל, De Che Bae; to draw בְּחַבְלֵי אָדָם Hosea 11:4 (i.e. humanely, kindly); of cord of life חֶבֶל הַכֶּסֶף Ecclesiastes 12:6.
2. measuring-cord, line מִדָּה ח׳ Zechariah 2:5; so ח׳ alone 2 Samuel 8:2 (3 times in verse); Amos 7:17; Micah 2:5; Psalm 78:55; figurative (of favoured life) Psalm 16:5; in general of one's portion, fortune Job 21:17 according to Targum Thes Add. Ew Di and others, but < see חֵבֶל. Thence
3. measured portion, lot, part, region, נַחֲלָה ח׳ inherited portion Deuteronomy 32:9; 1 Chronicles 16:18 = Psalm 105:11; also ח׳ alone Joshua 17:5, 14; Joshua 19:9; Ezekiel 47:13 (חבלים; Vulgate Targum read as dual, see Ew Sm Da and others; Co strike out on internal grounds); of particular regions אַרְגֹּב ח׳ Deuteronomy 3:4, 13, 14; 1 Kings 4:13; אַכְזִיב ח׳ Joshua 19:29 (si vera lectio, see WMMAsien 194); הַיָּם ח׳ Zephaniah 2:5; also Zephaniah 2:6, but היתה ח׳ here dubious; Sta proposes 2nd person feminine singular הָיִת, and strike out הים ח׳; without הים, Zephaniah 2:7.
4. band, company of prophets 1 Samuel 10:5, 10. — II.חֶבֶל see below II. חָבַל.

חֵ֫בֶל noun masculineIsaiah 66:7 (but see Jeremiah 49:24) pain, pang; — ח׳ absolute Isaiah 66:7; elsewhere plural חֲבָלִים Isaiah 13:8 + 3 times + Job 21:17 see below; construct חֶבְלֵי Hosea 13:13; suffix חֲבָלֶיהָ Isaiah 26:17; חֶבְלֵיהֶם Job 39:3 (on suffix see Ges§ 135, 5, R 1); — pain, pang:
1. pains of travail:
a. object of תְּשַׁלַּחְנָה Job 39:3 meton. for off spring (|| יַלְדֵיהֶן; see Di; of goats and hinds).
b. simile of distress of exiles Isaiah 26:17; figurative of anguish of nations צִירִים וַחֲבָלִים יאֹחֵזוּן Isaiah 13:8 (|| כַּיּוֺלֵדָה יְחִילוּן), also Jeremiah 13:21; Jeremiah 22:23; Jeremiah 49:24; of crisis of redemption Hosea 13:13 (|| חֶבְלֵי יוֺלֵדָה), of birth of new Israel Isaiah 66:7.
2. of other than birth-pangs only חבלים Job 21:17; pains, pangs, sorrows (so Greek Version of the LXX Vulgate Thes, — otherwise Add. — Rob-Ges Hi Da and others; || נֵר יִדְעָ֑ךְ, יָבאֹ אֵידָם); > others, portion, fortune, see חֶבֶל.

חֹבְלִים noun [masculine] plural union (literally binders) name of Zechariah's second symbolic staff Zechariah 11:7 and with article Zechariah 11:14. see חָבַל 1.

II. חֶ֫בֶל noun masculine destructionחֶבֶל נִמְרָץ Micah 2:10; compare H2254 II.חָבַל Pi.
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BLB Scripture Index of Brown-Driver-Briggs


3:4; 3:4; 3:13; 3:14; 32:9


2:14; 2:15; 2:15; 17:5; 17:5; 17:14; 19:9; 19:29; 19:29

1 Samuel

10:5; 10:10

2 Samuel

8:2; 8:2; 17:13; 22:5; 22:6

1 Kings

4:13; 20:31; 20:32

1 Chronicles





18:10; 18:10; 21:7; 21:17; 21:17; 21:17; 36:8; 39:3; 39:3


16:5; 18:5; 18:5; 18:6; 78:55; 105:11; 116:3; 116:3; 119:61; 140:6






5:18; 13:8; 13:8; 26:17; 26:17; 33:20; 33:20; 33:23; 33:23; 66:7; 66:7; 66:7


13:21; 22:23; 38:6; 38:11; 38:12; 38:13; 49:24; 49:24


27:24; 47:13; 47:13


11:4; 13:13; 13:13




2:5; 2:10


2:5; 2:6; 2:6; 2:7


2:5; 11:7; 11:14

Word / Phrase / Strong's Search

Strong's Number H2256 matches the Hebrew חֵבֶל (ḥēḇel),
which occurs 62 times in 60 verses in the WLC Hebrew.

Page 1 / 2 (Deu 3:4–Hos 11:4)

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 3:4 - And we took all his cities at that time: there was not a town which we took not from them, sixty cities, the whole region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 3:13 - and the rest of Gilead, and all Bashan, the kingdom of Og, I gave to half the tribe of Manasseh. (The whole region of Argob, even all Bashan, is called a land of giants.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 3:14 - Jair the son of Manasseh took the whole region of Argob as far as the border of the Geshurites and Maachathites, and called Bashan after his own name, Havoth-Jair, to this day.)
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 32:9 - For Jehovah's portion is his people; Jacob the lot of his inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 2:15 - And she let them down by a cord through the window; for her house was upon the city-wall, and she dwelt upon the wall.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 17:5 - And there fell ten portions to Manasseh, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which are beyond the Jordan.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 17:14 - And the children of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, Why hast thou given me as inheritance one lot and one portion, seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as Jehovah has blessed me hitherto?
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 19:9 - Out of the lot of the children of Judah was the inheritance of the children of Simeon; for the portion of the children of Judah was too great for them, and the children of Simeon inherited within their inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxJos 19:29 - and the border turned to Ramah, and as far as the fortified city of Tyre; and the border turned to Hosah; and ended at the sea by the tract of country of Achzib;
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:5 - After that thou shalt come to the hill of God, where are the outposts of the Philistines; and it shall come to pass, when thou comest thither, into the city, that thou shalt meet a company of prophets coming down from the high place with lute and tambour and pipe and harp before them; and they themselves prophesying.
Unchecked Copy Box1Sa 10:10 - And when they came thither to the hill, behold, a company of prophets met him; and the Spirit of God came upon him, and he prophesied among them.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 8:2 - And he smote the Moabites, and measured them with a line, making them lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death, and one full line to keep alive. And the Moabites became David's servants, and brought gifts.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 17:13 - And if he withdraw into a city, then shall all Israel bring ropes to that city, and we will draw it into the torrent, until there be not one small stone found there.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 22:6 - The bands of Sheol surrounded me; The cords of death encountered me;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 4:13 - Ben-Geber, in Ramoth-Gilead; he had the villages of Jair the son of Manasseh, which are in Gilead; he had the region of Argob, which is in Bashan, sixty great cities with walls and bars of bronze.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 20:31 - And his servants said to him, Behold now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings: let us, I pray thee, put sackcloth on our loins, and ropes upon our heads, and go out to the king of Israel; perhaps he will save thy life.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ki 20:32 - And they girded sackcloth on their loins, and ropes on their heads, and came to the king of Israel, and said, Thy servant Ben-Hadad says, I pray thee, let me live. And he said, Is he yet alive? he is my brother.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:18 - Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, The lot of your inheritance;
Unchecked Copy BoxEst 1:6 - White, green, and blue hangings were fastened with cords of byssus and purple to silver rings and pillars of white marble; couches of gold and silver lay upon a pavement of red and white marble, and alabaster, and black marble.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 18:10 - A cord is hidden for him in the ground, and his trap in the way.
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 21:17 - How often is the lamp of the wicked put out, and cometh their calamity upon them? Doth he distribute sorrows to them in his anger?
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 36:8 - And if, bound in fetters, they be held in cords of affliction,
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 39:3 - They bow themselves, they give birth to their young ones, they cast out their pains;
Unchecked Copy BoxJob 41:1 - Wilt thou draw out the leviathan with the hook, and press down his tongue with a cord?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 16:6 - The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; yea, I have a goodly heritage.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:4 - The bands of death encompassed me, and torrents of Belial made me afraid.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 18:5 - The bands of Sheol surrounded me, the cords of death encountered me.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 78:55 - And he drove out the nations before them, and allotted them for an inheritance by line, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 105:11 - Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance;
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 116:3 - The bands of death encompassed me, and the anguish of Sheol took hold of me; I found trouble and sorrow:
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 119:61 - The bands of the wicked have wrapped me round: I have not forgotten thy law.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 140:5 - The proud have hidden a snare for me, and cords; they have spread a net by the way-side; they have set traps for me. Selah.
Unchecked Copy BoxPro 5:22 - His own iniquities shall take the wicked, and he shall be holden with the cords of his sin.
Unchecked Copy BoxEcc 12:6 - -- before the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be shattered at the fountain, or the wheel be broken at the cistern;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 5:18 - Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as with cart-ropes!
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 13:8 - and they shall be terrified: pangs and sorrows shall take hold of them, they shall writhe as a woman that travaileth; they shall be amazed one at another, their faces shall be as flames.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 26:17 - As a woman with child, that draweth near her delivery, is in travail, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been before thee, Jehovah.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 33:20 - Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tent that shall not be removed, the stakes whereof shall never be pulled up, neither shall any of its cords be broken;
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 33:23 - Thy tacklings are loosed; they strengthen not the socket of their mast, they cannot spread the sail: then is the prey of a great spoil divided; the lame take the prey.
Unchecked Copy BoxIsa 66:7 - Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man-child.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 13:21 - What wilt thou say when he shall visit thee, since thou thyself hast trained them to be princes in chief over thee? Shall not sorrows take thee, as a woman in travail?
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 22:23 - Thou inhabitress of Lebanon, that makest thy nest in the cedars, how pitiful shalt thou be when pangs come upon thee, pain as of a woman in travail!
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:6 - Then they took Jeremiah, and cast him into the dungeon of Malchijah the son of Hammelech, which was in the court of the guard, and they let down Jeremiah with cords. And in the dungeon there was no water, but mire; and Jeremiah sank in the mire.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:11 - And Ebed-melech took the men under his order, and went into the house of the king under the treasury, and took thence old shreds and worn-out clothes, and let them down by cords into the dungeon to Jeremiah.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:12 - And Ebed-melech the Ethiopian said to Jeremiah, Put, I pray, these old shreds and rags under thine armholes under the cords. And Jeremiah did so.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 38:13 - And they drew up Jeremiah with cords, and brought him up out of the dungeon; and Jeremiah remained in the court of the guard.
Unchecked Copy BoxJer 49:24 - Damascus is grown feeble: she turneth herself to flee, and terror hath seized on her; trouble and sorrows have taken hold of her as of a woman in travail.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 27:24 - these traded with thee in sumptuous clothes, in wrappings of blue and broidered work, and in chests full of variegated stuffs, bound with cords and made of cedar-wood, amongst thy merchandise.
Unchecked Copy BoxEze 47:13 - Thus saith the Lord Jehovah: This shall be the border whereby ye shall allot the land as inheritance according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph shall have two portions.
Unchecked Copy BoxHos 11:4 - I drew them with bands of a man, with cords of love; and I was to them as they that take off the yoke on their jaws, and I gently caused them to eat.

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